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DANE COUNTY AREA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY



  Mailing Address:
  Dane County Area Genealogical Society
  PO Box 5652
  Madison, WI 53705-0652

Society e-mail address: widcags@gmail.com

Membership dues for the 2016-17 membership year:
  $23.00/year individual or $28.00/year family ($8.00 discount if you get the newsletter only by e-mail)






This “old” website is being dismantled, piece by piece. If you don’t find the information you are looking for here, please go to the “new” DCAGS website, dcags.camp8.org.

  Membership year is 1 April -31 March
  Printable 2014 membership form (111 KB PDF file)
    Or go to our “Work in progress” new website to join or renew online


Society Organizational Documents (PDF files)
  Plan of Merger (July 2006)
  Bylaws (initially adopted August 2006, amended October 2007, 5 April 2012, and 7 November 2013)
  Policy and Procedures Manual (last revised October 2007)


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Society Newsletters:
  August/September 2016 - DCAGS (607 KB PDF file)
  June/July 2016 - DCAGS (1169 KB PDF file)
  April/May 2016 - DCAGS (321 KB PDF file)
  February/March 2016 - DCAGS (260 KB PDF file)
  January 2016 - DCAGS (358 KB PDF file)
  November/December 2015 - DCAGS (367 KB PDF file)
  September/October 2015 - DCAGS (180 KB PDF file)
  July/August 2015 - DCAGS (105 KB PDF file)
  May/June 2015 - DCAGS (640 KB PDF file)
  March/April 2015 - DCAGS (145 KB PDF file)
  February 2015 - DCAGS (610 KB PDF file)
  January 2015 - DCAGS (754 KB PDF file)
  No DCAGS Newsetter was published in December 2014
  November 2014 - DCAGS (1036 KB PDF file)
  October 2014 - DCAGS (820 KB PDF file)
  September 2014 - DCAGS (822 KB PDF file)
  August 2014 - DCAGS (879 KB PDF file)
  July 2014 - DCAGS (655 KB PDF file)
  June 2014 - DCAGS (820 KB PDF file)
  May 2014 - DCAGS (797 KB PDF file)
  April 2014 - DCAGS (967 KB PDF file)
  March 2014 - DCAGS (947 KB PDF file)
  February 2014 - DCAGS (960 KB PDF file)
  January 2014 - DCAGS (836 KB PDF file)
  December 2013 - DCAGS (2281 KB PDF file)
  November 2013 - DCAGS (333 KB PDF file)
  October 2013 - DCAGS (805 KB PDF file)
  September 2013 - DCAGS (1055 KB PDF file)
  August 2013 - DCAGS (607 KB PDF file)
  July 2013 - DCAGS (563 KB PDF file)
  June 2013 - DCAGS (980 KB PDF file)
  May 2013 - DCAGS (1034 KB PDF file)
  April 2013 - DCAGS (469 KB PDF file)
  March 2013 - DCAGS (1329 KB PDF file)
  February 2013 - DCAGS (1035 KB PDF file)
  January 2013 - DCAGS (971 KB PDF file)

Click here for access to newsletters published prior to 2013.

Note: Many (but not all) of the URLs listed in recent newsletters are “hot links.” If you click on the URL, your browser should go directly to the web page being referenced. (You must be using either Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5 or some version of Adobe Reader for these hotlinks to work.)


The Governing Board consists of the directors, the immediate past president, and the standing committee chairs. Any person who fits in more than one of these categories is not replaced by a substitute, and gets only one vote on the Governing Board. The Governing Board usually meets on the third Monday of each month. Contact the society president or see our monthly newsletter to get the time and location.




We’re proud to be an affiliate of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society
DCAGS is a proud member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies

Announcements of special interest to society members: 
Citing staffing issues, the Wisconsin State Vital Records Office announced in the fall of 2010 that they were suspending all search appointment opportunies from 1 October 2010 until at least 28 February 2011. This office did open again for onsite searches in March, but with a much tighter restriction than before on the frequency of search appointments. Each researcher is now restricted to four hours of on-site searching in a three-month period. Afternoon appointments are no longer available.

There will be tours of Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison given on 11 October 2015, sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. .

The Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS) is sponsoring its 2016 Gene-A-Rama conference on 8-9 April 2016 at the Plaza Hotel and Suites, 201 N. 17th Ave., Wausau, Wisconsin. Visit the WSGS website for further information.

Sally Jacobs, a local archivist who operates Jacobs Archival Services in Madison, has informed us that she has started a blog called “The Practical Archivist.” She describes it as “chock full of archiving tips and geeky tidbits for genealogists and keepers of the family photo album – giving away some of my best photo archiving tips at no charge.”

Each spring and fall the Division of Library-Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society sponsors a series of genealogy classes; these usually meet on Saturday mornings in either the WHS Library in Madison or in the nearby Memorial Library. See Library-Archives Classes and Workshops for more detailed information. The six classes being offered in the fall of 2011 are “Genealogy is For Everyone” (17 September, Lori Bessler), “Ancestry.com” (22 October, Lori Bessler) [repeated 29 October], “Using Archival Collections” (12 November, Rick Pifer), “FamilySearch.org” (3 December, Lori Bessler), and “Online Genealogy” (10 December, Lori Bessler). Click on the title of any class for further details (time, fees, location, class coverage) about that class. Each class has separate registration, some may have limited enrollment. To register, download, print, fill-in, and mail the required registration form. Registration began 15 August 2011. A discount on the registration fee is offered to those who are members of either the Wisconsin Historical Society or the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.

Are you a beginner at genealogy? Would you like to explore some (free) online guides to getting started in genealogy? Here’s one to try: Indexes to the RootsWeb Guides to Tracing Family Trees

Genealogy classes offered in the Dane County Area
Wisconsin Union Mini-courses
  Dates for next set of classes: three Tuesday evenings, (not given in fall 2013)
  Location: UW-Madison campus (specific location TBD)
  Instructor: Sherry Lloyd

Some other genealogical links of special interest:



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